There are bloggers I adore such as Melting Mama and Eggface who continually update the WLS world on post-op life.

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It was such a happy trip, and I would not have been able to enjoy it so much had I not lost the weight from gastric bypass.

My weight has crept up to 270ish, and my goal for 2015 is to tackle some of this regain.

My friend Wendy contacted me and said she was going to be coming to town in October to do the Detroit Free Press international half-marathon. I’m not a runner by any means, and I care about my joints too much to take up rigorous running at this weight.

So I walked and jogged 13.1 miles through Detroit and Windsor, ON.

Some days I regretted it…but it was largely a relief to take myself out of the spotlight.

I knew I’d still want to make occasional updates on the blog, but I feel like most of my gastric bypass story has been told.

I realized that I had achieved improved health and activity, but my mental health was still lacking.

As a sufferer of depression and anxiety since my teen years, I’ve tried plenty of medications and met with quite a few mental health professionals.

I was less careful about my intake in 2014, and that’s part of the reason I had some regain. Another highlight of 2014 was my family trip to Amsterdam.

When the Bullock family travels, we do so in short intense bursts.

When I decided to start Beauty and the Bypass, I was feeling empowered. I hit many numerical goals and shared frequent non-scale victories.